Child mortality can be significantly reduced by focusing interventions on the poorest of the poor, particularly in rural areas, says Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, an award-winning researcher, prolific author, and senior medical educator at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan.
Dr. Bhutta spoke to more than 100 guests gathered at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on December 10. He highlighted the importance of interventions which reach the most impoverished members of society – who often lack access to basic health care – through a community-based approach, such as linking traditional birth attendants with trained community health workers.
Following his remarks, Dr. Bhutta was joined for a panel discussion by Dr. Marion Roche, Technical Advisor for Behaviour Change Communication at The Micronutrient Initiative, Dr. Vishwajeet Kumar, Founder and CEO of the Community Empowerment Lab in Uttar Pradesh, India, and Dr. Salim Sohani, Senior Health Advisor, International Programs, Canadian Red Cross.
The expert panel discussed community-based interventions for reducing child mortality, particularly integrated approaches to improving health, the importance of community involvement, and long-term strategies for strengthening broader health care systems.
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|- Watch an interview with Dr.Bhutta on the benefits and effectiveness of community-based interventions, using Pakistan as a case study.|
|- Download “In Brief: Early Human Development and Nutrition” (PDF).|